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Coppery Brushtail Possum Photo: C & D Frith    
Australia's Wet Tropics
Rainforest Life

Coppery Brushtail Possum: Trichosurus vulpecula

  • It is a marsupial
  • Dark brown coat above, and a light brown underside.
  • Long oval ears
  • Tail is bushy to its tip with a short terminal naked area beneath.


  • Being a nocturnal animal, it spends its days in a den in a hollow dead branch, tree trunk, fallen log or even at times on the ground.
  • It is an arboreal animal, climbing trees with its sharp claws
  • It travels from tree to tree across the rainforest floor
  • The brushtail possum eats a variety of leaves, especially eucalyptus, supplemented with fruits, buds, bark and meat is eaten if offered.

Social Behaviour:

  • The possum communicates by sound and scent. Deep gutteral coughs and sharp hisses are used during the breeding season. Glands under the chin, on the chest and near the anus mark territories of particular individuals.

Viewing Opportunities:

  • Best viewing opportunity is the Crater National Park Picnic Area after dark.
  • Can also be viewed, with a spotlight, on the Malanda falls Environmental Park walking paths,The Curtain Fig Tree and along the roadway on Thomas Road.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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